Nail Polish Do's and Dont's

Nail polish can sometimes be sticky business.

There's nothing worse than pulling out your favourite shade for an evening pamper manicure only to find the bottle lid stuck and the consistency gloopy.

It only gets worse when the colour starts chipping off just hours after you've finished your manicure! Like any other cosmetics, lacquer requires a specific method to store, apply and maintain. To preserve your polish both in the bottle and on your nails, I recommend always following the 5 Do's and Don't s of nail polish.

Don't use nail varnish remover to thing your polish. Many removers contain acetone that can break down the formula of your lacquer and actually ruin it.

Do use thinner drops. Nail polish thinner is specially formulated to restore your thickened polish back to its original consistency. Use 2-3 drops and roll the bottle in between your hands - your polish will be like new. (Note: Avoid using thinner on thickened glitter polish -

unfortunately, those polishes are usually beyond saving.)

Don't apply lotion or wash your hands right before apply nail lacquer. This may be tempting because your hands can feel dry after you've removed a previous manicure, but its best to wait. Here's why - our nails are porous , so washing your hands adds moisture back into your nails and causes chipping or bubbling once polish is applied. Similarly, lotion leaves a residue on you nail beds, producing a film that also can bubble your lacquer. Ever have your polish peel off in one big chunk? That's from the water or residue on the nail.

Do double check your nail beds. To make sure your nail beds are clean, rub a cotton ball soaked in nail polish remover over them before applying your base coat. I recommend........................ Avon conditioning nail enamel remover 22764 £4.00 brochure 9

Don't store your nail polishes sideways. When a bottle lies on its side, lacquer can work its way around the neck of the bottle and lead to the infamous pesky stuck lid. (Sometimes there just isn't enough hot water in the world to help pry the top off.)

Do store the nail polishes upright. Deep draws might be the best storage method for you ladies with hundreds of hues. However, even if you only have a modest collection, it still needs to be stored properly....upright!

Don't skip the nail prep. The last thing you want is bluish or yellowed tips leftover from your previous manicure when your rocking bare nails. The solution................................ Base Coat! Avon ridge filling base coat 10454 £5.00 brochure 9

Do use a base coat. A base coat like ........will provide a smooth case for your nail colour, as well as protect and nourish your nail beds. And don't forget to finish off with a top coat to make your manicure last I recommend ..............Avon Platinum - Infused top coat 08250 £6.00 brochure 9


Nail polish:

High temperatures activate a nail formulas solvents, which gives your polish that thick and melted consistency. Keeping it in a cool place will extend its shelf life and keep your lacquer smooth and easy to apply. For best results keep it in the fridge!

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